Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. After they’ve fed on blood they become swollen and reddish. Newly hatched nymphs are approximately the size of the head of a pin and are white or tan until they feed. Bed Bugs are most commonly found in mattress seams and box springs, but also mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. Even if you cannot see them, you may notice their droppings which leave brown to black stains on mattresses and linens as well as blood stains where they may have eaten or been crushed.
Bed bugs, (Cimex lectularius L.), have gradually become a common urban pest in the past decade. People get bed bugs in various ways such as visiting an infested place, bringing in infested furniture, or through the natural dispersal of bed bugs from an infested neighboring unit within a multi-occupancy dwelling such as an apartment building. Many people try to control bed bugs themselves to avoid the expense of hiring a professional service; however, professional services offer the advantage of a technician that is properly trained in pesticide safety and effective bed bug management. It is recommended to use professional pest control services. However, for those who still wish to control bed bugs on their own, this provides a summary of the cost effective versus money-wasting materials and methods. This information will help you combat bed bugs safely and effectively.
How you get bed bugs:
Bringing them in after staying at a hotel, buying used clothing and not washing it immediately, bringing in old books, guests entering your home, furniture from a dumpster. One fertile female can produce 200-500 healthy eggs during her life and may lay 2-5 eggs per day.
How to prevent bed bugs:
Check for bugs before unpacking after a trip, and examine your hotel room before staying the night. Check the mattress, box spring, bedding seams, headboard, and upholstered wood. Keep laundry in plastic bags that directly into the washer without the bugs escaping. Wash items as hot as possible. Undress on a solid floor rather than a carpet if you suspect there may be bugs on your body. Vacuum off luggage and other items that cannot be washed. Check all used furniture before bringing it into your home. Check in all crevices behind moldings, and other cracks or openings. Do not bring home used mattresses.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
When bitten by a bed bug, not everyone will experience symptoms. Those who do will notice a bit with a red swollen area and a dark red center, bites grouped together in small areas or in lines, and possibly blisters and hives at the bite spot. Bites will be very itchy, and may cause a burning sensation. You will not notice when they bite because the let out a tiny bit of anesthesia into your body beforehand. The symptoms may not always show immediately, and can take a few weeks. Bed bugs will not feed every night, and can go several days to weeks without eating. Luckily bed bugs do not share other diseases when they bite.
How we get rid of bed bugs:
You can try home products sold in stores, but most may not be strong enough or you may not be able to locate all of them. Our experts are trained to know where to look to find the source of your bed bug problem, and will identify bed bugs live or dead. Starting in the bedroom and going through all the target area’s – beds, bed frames, box springs, linens, etc. Our techs will then move on throughout the rest of your home searching through furniture and its surrounding areas. Once the infestation is confirmed, we will build a plan to rid your home of these uninvited guests!
Removing Bed Bugs in NY and NJ
Bed Bugs Treatment in NJ and NY: Understanding their behavior
- The top three places where UltraPro Technicians report finding bed bugs are NJ and NY single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent), and hotels/motels (68 percent). Past bed bug statistics have shown these environments to consistently be the top three where bed bugs have been encountered.
- Bed bugs are also found seemingly everywhere else in NJ and NY and in higher numbers, such as nursing homes (59 percent), schools and daycare centers (47 percent), offices (46 percent), college dorms (45 percent), hospitals (36 percent) and public transportation (19 percent).
- Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation (92 percent) and more than half of NJ and NY residents reach out for treatment after discovering bites and welts on their bodies. Although some people immediately develop a skin reaction to bites, others may take two to three days before showing obvious symptoms or any symptoms at all, meaning that people could be unaware of a bed bug problem until a full-blown infestation has taken root.
- Typically found in New Jersey and New York couches and bed frames, bed bugs can also be found in some of the most unexpected places, including stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, school buses, purses and even inside bedside lamps.
Bed Bugs Treatment in NJ
The following bed bug statistics and facts are compiled from the National Pest Management Association:
- One out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel
- Americans who have encountered bed bugs tend to be younger, live in urban areas and rent their homes. The incidence of bed bugs is three times higher in urban areas than in rural areas due to factors such as larger population size, apartment living and increased mobility, which are conducive to the rapid spread and breeding of bed bugs.
- Bed bugs are found in all 50 states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West.
- Consumers are concerned about bed bugs treatment in NJ and believe that infestations in the United States are increasing. Nearly 80 percent are most concerned about encountering bed bugs at hotels; 52 percent on public transportation; 49 percent in movie theaters; 44 percent in retail stores; 40 percent in medical facilities; 36 percent in their own homes; and 32 percent equally pointed to places of employment and friends’ homes. The fear of getting bitten topped the list of concerns.
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